NYC source for wheat berries?
Anyone know where to get wheat berries in New York City (or nearby)? I'm looking to grind my own flour for bread, so less expensive sources would be better. Alternatively, does anyone know of a good mail-order source that will sell at a reasonable price and in less than 50-lb quantities?
I just bought a 1lb bag of wheat berries at the Greenmarket this past Sat morning. I think the bag was about $2.50. I'm sorry but I can't remember the name of the vendor but on Sat morning, the stall was in the middle of the row on the north side of the market (the side across from Petco and Barnes and Noble).
If you've never milled your own flour, I suggest you find a way to try it before you start spending big $$ on a good mill and buying 50 lb sacks of wheat. It's way not all that urban mythology makes it out to be, at least if your goal is simply good quality flour.
That aside, I'm sure any HF store with a bulk section carries it, and if nothing else, Fairway has organic soft & hard wheat for less than $1 / lb. The NY metro area not being particularly known for wheat, I can't imagine a reason to pay as much as $2.50/lb for even "locally grown."
that Union Sq Greenmarket stand mentioned above also has fresh ground flours of various kinds, cornmeal etc
It's not cheap, but if you're interested in seeing the difference . . .
I'm a lazy King Arthur/Heckers loyalist myself ; )
In case someone reads this in the future--I've found out that Sahadi's in Brooklyn sells wheat at $.80/lb.